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Altamura Has Sights Set On Stakes Sweep In Sunday’s $75,000 Oakley Stakes

The following is a press release from the Maryland Jockey Club

LAUREL, MD – Susan Moulton’s Altamura, having already captured the first two legs in Laurel Park’s series for Virginia-bred/sired horses, looks to make it a clean sweep while extending her win streak to four in Sunday’s $75,000 Oakley Stakes.

Carded as Race 4, the 5 ½-furlong Oakley for fillies and mares 3 and up is the first of four $75,000 turf stakes for Virginia-bred/sired horses on a 12-race Commonwealth… Continue reading

New Exhibit Honoring Penny Chenery To Open At The Meadow During State Fair Of Virginia


For immediate release:  Sept. 18, 2018

She was revered as “The First Lady of Racing” and “The Mistress of The Meadow.”  Penny Chenery, who owned and raced legendary Triple Crown champion Secretariat, passed away last year on September 16 at the age of 95. To honor her legacy at The Meadow, birthplace of Secretariat, (now known as The Meadow Event… Continue reading

Nominations Sere Set For Commonwealth Day Stakes Card At Laurel Sunday Sept. 23rd

The next round of $75,000 Virginia-bred stakes races is this Sunday, September 23rd, at Laurel Park. Nominations are in as follows: Oakley (18), Jamestown (27), Punch Line (18), Bert Allen (24) and Brookmeade (14). 2017 Bert Allen Stakes winner Special Envoy has nominated again. The 7 year old Stroll gelding was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone and enters Sunday’s stakes with a bankroll of $304,500. Last year, Special Envoy also captured the Hansel and Edward Evans Stakes (shown… Continue reading

MATCH Winner Page McKenney Inducted Into Parx Hall of Fame

The following appeared in the Paulick Report on September 19th.

Pennsylvania-bred Page McKenney had already accomplished quite a bit before his 2018 campaign ended prematurely with retirement in August, but he left the racetrack with additional recognition: a MATCH Series division title and induction into the Parx Racing Hall of Fame.

Page McKenney, owned by Adam Staple and Jalin Stable and trained by Mary Eppler, won the MATCH Series 3-Year-Olds and Up Long—Dirt Division and on Sept. 15 was among… Continue reading

Next Virginia Racing Commission Meeting Scheduled


Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.


Notice is given that a meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission will be held on Tuesday,  October 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM, in Courtroom A of the Tyler Building, located at 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the current issues of the Virginia Racing Commission, to… Continue reading

Virginia-Bred & Sired Stakes At Laurel Have Been Moved Back To Sunday September 23rd

Here is a key release from the Maryland Jockey Club that affects Virginia-bred stakes on Commonwealth Day at Laurel. The Virginia stakes have been moved back one day and are now scheduled for Sunday September 23rd!

LAUREL, MD – Due to poor weather conditions forecast this weekend due to Hurricane Florence, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Monday that its Sept 15 stakes program – highlighted by the De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) and three finals of the MATCH Series –… Continue reading

Colonial Downs Aiming For March 2019 Opening Of “Rosie’s Gaming Emporium”

The following piece appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch and was written by Graham Moomaw.

The new owners of Colonial Downs are hoping to open their casino-like gambling facility in New Kent County in March, with live horse racing expected to return in the fall of 2019.

Since buying the closed track in April, Chicago-based Revolutionary Racing and its partners have been building a management team and fixing up a track that had sat idle since 2014.

On Wednesday, company… Continue reading

Breeders Ned Moore & Jill Gordon-Moore’s Jump Start Colt Takes Top Honors At $27,500 Yearling Futurity August 29th

Ned Moore & Jill Gordon-Moore’s dark bay colt out of Blazeaway  captured Grand Champion honors at the $27,500 Virginia Breeders’ Yearling Futurity, held at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds August 29th.  He also won top honors in the Virginia-bred or sired Colt & Gelding division. The event featured competitions in both the Virginia-Bred/Sired Colt & Gelding and Filly classes, in addition to the new Certified class as well. A breakfast kicked of… Continue reading

Breakers Off Track Betting Center In Richmond Will Be Closed On Tuesday September 4th

Attention horseplayers — due to extreme heat inside Breakers OTB in Richmond’s west end, betting will not be available on Tuesday September 4th.

Free pre-printed programs are available at Breakers Sports Grille every Wednesday.

The air conditioning unit that services the OTB portion of Breakers went out late last week and it is being replaced early this week.

The Ponies & Pints OTB has beverage specials daily from 11 AM – 7 PM and food specials many nights including a… Continue reading

Fauquier High Alums Win Huge Races At Saratoga

The following appeared in The Fauquier Times and was written by Betsy Burke Parker

Two Fauquier High graduates broke through big at the Saratoga Racecourse in New York last weekend.

Upperville native Jonathan Thomas saddled Catholic Boy to win the $1.25 million Grade 1 Travers Stakes, and Marshall native Chuck Lawrence sent out Glorious Empire to win the $1 million Grade 1 Sword Dancer turf stake.

“We’re just so proud of the horse and what he’s accomplished,” said Thomas,… Continue reading